Accommodation Heraklion Crete
Accommodation Heraklion Crete - Hotel Heraklion Crete - Heraklion Hotel - Kastro Hotel
When it comes to accommodation in Heraklion Crete then Kastro Hotel is a subject for conversation. Kastro Hotel is a very known hotel in Heraklion and every local person is aware of the quality services that Kastro Hotel offers for so many years.
"Kastro" in Greek means a castle. Our hotel took its name from the Venetian Castle "koule" which is the most well known feature of Heraklion. It's very common for someone wanting to pay a visit to Heraklion to say “I'm going to the Castle”. Venetians where very smart to construct such a facility because these years (13th - 17th century a.c.) pirates and sea-invasions where in a monthly basis. But they didn't know that by building Koule they gave to Heraklion it's most characteristic feature, it's identity. You can enjoy Koule by choosing Kastro Hotel for your accommodation Heraklion Crete, since our facilities are only 300m. away Koule Fortress. You don't even need hiring a taxi. We are just six minutes away Koule.
The History of Crete
The Saracens occupied the city on 824 AD and renamed it to "El Khandak" (Fort of the dike), when they dug the big dike around the city. The city was re-occupied by the Byzantine Empire on 961 AD after numerous failed efforts. Two hundred years later the Empire was dismantled by the Crusaders that took over, and Cretan government was given to the Venetians for 1.000 silver coins. During the Venetian occupation arts flourished and "Candia", as the city was named by the Venetians, became the centre of literature and arts. Many intellectuals and artists found refuge in Candia after the fall of Constantinople in 1453. The Venetians started the construction of the city's fortification on 1462 and they needed more than a century to complete it. The walls had a total length of over 4 kilometres. They had a triangular shape and 7 bastions. The Venetians also built the port and many other buildings of magnificent architecture. The strategic importance of the fortification was proved during the city's investment. The city's investment by the Turks lasted 21 years and was one of the longest in history. The final surrender was on 1669 after 100.000 Turkish and 30.000 Venetian casualties. During the Turkish occupation the Cretans repined against the compulsory conversion to the Islamic faith. From 1820 onwards, a continuous guerilla / partisan warfare was done against the Turks. Heraklion population was increased after 1913, when Crete was unified with motherland Greece. Due to her strategic location the city became a target for the German invasion forces on 1941. The German bombardment during the Battle of Crete caused great destruction to the city and after the war she was rebuilt to a great extent. Initially, the capital city of Crete was Chania. The administrative centre of Crete was transferred to Heraklion on 1971.
As we obviously realize, Heraklion has a great history, a great background. That's why every years thousands of visitors inundate our city. And Kastro Hotel wishes your accommodation in Heraklion Crete to be as pleasurable as it gets.